Catching Up… Austria and Southern Germany

In case you aren’t following on Facebook (find me at Facebook.com/iambutwandering – or click the link at the bottom of the page) we have now set off on our next trip – we are travelling through to New Zealand, mainly by train. We left on the 6th December, and have had a flying visit to Berlin and we were able to catch up with my friend Preslava and her husband Georgi (I haven’t seen Preslava since I left Turkey in 2009, so it was a long overdue catch up!) and I’m now sat in a rather lovely hostel in Warsaw.

But I haven’t yet completed the blog entries for our camper van trip!

Still to come: Austria, back to Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, back to Germany again, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. Oh, and all our time in the UK.

Austria: We arrived in Vienna, it rained. And it rained and it rained. So, we did a drive through and carried on our way vowing to return to Vienna for a long weekend. Austria is fantastic for staying in a camper, they have service stations (owned by Asfinag) that you can stay at for free for 24 hours, that have free toilets and wifi and relatively cheap showers. Apparently they are building another 100 or so of these over the next few years, so Austria is looking good for a future camper visit.

We headed to Salzburg – I have always wanted to go here because I grew up on the Sound of Music, and the city didn’t disappoint. The sun came out and we had a full day of walking round the city – it is a spectacular place to explore. Tiny alleyways between buildings open into shops and garden squares, many of which were decorated for the harvest/halloween whilst we were there.

Out of Austria and back into Germany, first stop: Ulm (Ulm Cathedral is on my bucket list) Ulm has a huge stellplatz for those campervanning – it is free to stay in for up to three nights, however it does not have any toilet/shower facilities (at least not at this time of the year – there seemed to be toilets available in the summer though) Despite the cathedral being on my bucket list, I didn’t know anything else about the city. So we wandered. Down to the river, through tiny pathways, across bridges between houses, and back into the main square. It was far more delightful as a city than I would ever have expected.

From there, we travelled on to Füssen – probably most famous for Neuschwanstein Castle. It is a castle I have always wanted to see – I didn’t really have any desire to go round it because my love for it stemmed from the aerial shots in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the like. So we saw it from the outside (saving the parking and entry costs!) and wandered around Füssen before heading off into Liechtenstein.

So, ‘heading into Liechtenstein’ is probably a bit of false advertising. By the time we got to this tiny country it was so rainy that the windscreen wipers could barely keep up, so like Vienna, we drove into Vaduz, all the way through, and then all the way back out again!

Next stop: Switzerland!

Did we miss anywhere that you would recommend to visit in Austria or Southern Germany? Where is your favourite place? Any secret camping spots to check out in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep wandering,

S x

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